My wife and I spent 6 nights at the Tropic Isle Inn with our 22-month-old son in March. This was our first visit to AMI and the Inn, and we would definitely visit again. Here are our comments:
Rooms: We rented a first-floor poolside 1BR. We learned that the rooms had been renovated recently, and ours looked great -- granite countertops, tile shower, details like crown mouldings and a pocket door from the kitchenette to the bedroom. The room included all necessary appliances--refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and two-burner cooktop. The Inn provided dishes, pots, pans, silverware, and other essentials, like coffee filters. The only real downside to the first floor room was that we could hear every step taken by our upstairs neighbors. If this is likely to bother you, I would recommend reserving a second floor room.
Cost: All told (including taxes and fees), we paid $203 per night. Because the Inn did not have a portable crib for our son (a bit annoying), we had to rent one from a local company -- ABC Rentals, which conveniently delivered it to the room before we arrived. The Inn did provide beach towels, umbrellas, beach chairs, and sand toys free of charge, which was convenient. Parking is included in the room fee, and is located at the back of the building by the rear entrances to the rooms, making it very easy to load and unload.
Pool: The pool area, gazebo, and rest of the grounds are nicely landscaped and well-maintained. We enjoyed lounging by the pool while our son napped each afternoon. Our only complaint was that for the first few days we were there, the pool heater was on, which made the water almost unbearably hot -- like a jacuzzi. But for the last few days of our stay, the pool was a much better temperature (the heater had probably been turned off). Also, there is a lot of road noise by the pool due to the proximity to Gulf Drive. But since nearly all of the hotels in that area seem to be right on Gulf Drive, it’s probably a common problem.
Beach: The Inn is right across Gulf Drive from Bradenton Beach, and a very short (two-minute) walk. The beach is amazing -- white sand, clear water, and calm enough for swimming. However, although it is billed by the Inn as a “private beach,” it is not at all private. The Inn has an overgrown walkway to the beach located about five feet from the public access to the beach. But we did not find the beach to be overly crowded and had no trouble at all finding a good spot for our umbrella.
Overall, we had an outstanding first experience on AMI at the Inn. We hated leaving and would return in a second.
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